Oct 09, 2012 - 11:03 pm
Cancer is just so . . . illogical! (Being a Trekker and a bit OCD, I find that extremely infuriating.) Why does a certain chemo work well for some and not for all, if they have the same type of cancer? Why do some have little, if any, side effects with treatments and others have severe reactions? There is so little out there that survivors can count on, b/c the stuff seems to have no rules. It's not bad enough that it makes one so sick, it has to add such frustration to the mix - like adding insult to injury.
In the last two months, we've learned (usually from other survivors) a few ideas that are considered helpful in one way or another - also in some cases, not all.
1) Begin drinking Boost (like Ensure, but better tasting and apparently better for you) and Carnation Instant Breakfast as soon as you're diagnosed, b/c it builds up your immune system quickly and helps during chemo and radiation. (Advice from a friend who works at a nursing home and has seen the difference between residents who do it and those who don't.)
2) Eating a good meal before chemo and eating again immediately afterwards helps with the nausea/vomiting. (Advice from a young friend who battled advanced stomach cancer with some of the nastiest chemo's and has been cancer-free for over 5 years.)
3) Drinking green or white tea, taking acidopholis helps fight some types of cancer? (Can't recall where I heard it. From what I've read, the 'jury' is still out on this one . . . )
Anyone have something to add to the list?